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Coalition partner GreenFaith presents two awards

By Janet Glass GreenFaith’s Central Bergen Circle, a coalition partner with the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, together with seven other congregations in Bergen County, honored two organizations with awards on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the Fort Lee Public Library. One award went to Teaneck Girl Scout
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New event in the new year: Syria Supper Club

Eat well and do good at the same time. We invite you to join a Syria Supper Club to support families of Syrian refugees recently settled in New Jersey. The evening meal will be prepared by one or more of our new Syrian neighbors, who will share their traditional cooking skills in a table full […]
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For 2018, new budget, new initiative and new campaign

At the Fall Membership Meeting, held Nov. 19, our Ethical Culture Society unanimously adopted the budget for 2018, totalling $218,391. Survey and conversations: Also at the meeting, members learned of a new initiative that came from the Board-Program Council retreat in October. We are going to be holding a series
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Hunger Banquet raises awareness and funds

The Society’s Oxfam Hunger Awareness Banquet, held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, raised more than $1,500 for Oxfam’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Guest speaker Ericka Collado (below right, at podium) discussed conditions in Puerto Rico.
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Holiday traditions

By Susan Lesh (Sung in a cheery voice) It’s the …something… time of year! Something, something…full of good cheer! When I was growing up, we were caught up in the Christmas craziness. Our holiday was centered in the church, with three Christmas Eve services, which we all participated in. We
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Greatness lies in the human struggle

By Dr. Joseph Chuman We all wear social masks. In public we always want to present our best selves. This is perfectly understandable and probably necessary for society to function. But peer beneath the surface and one encounters a very different picture of the human condition. My nearly half-century as an Ethical
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2017 World Happiness Report

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman Should nations be judged by how happy their population is? Should government policy aim at increasing the nation’s happiness? Currently, most countries aim to increase the wealth of the nation generally measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Does the happiness of a
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Celebrating Community

Society members and friends, about 50 in all, enjoyed fun, games, good food, music, hiking and more during Community Day in Stony Point on Oct. 22, 2017. Photos by Jessie Glass                      
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Preserving the American Idea in our perilous times

By Dr. Joseph Chuman It is often said that unlike most other nations, the United States is founded on an idea. Whereas countries on other continents are grounded in blood and soil, with primary allegiance to clan, tribe, ethnic or religious group, those who come to our shores commit themselves to an implicit
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Our letter of gratitude to climate-change speaker

Oct. 17, 2017 Dear Susan, Thank you for your three wonderful presentations at the request of the folks at the Ethical Culture Society and in collaboration with Greenfaith. We were first privileged to hear you present the information you gleaned from the Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps and from your own
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